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Lot 011: Mercedes-Benz 500SEC

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (18 July 2012)

Oozing road presence and subdued aggression, the Mercedes-Benz W126 S-Class saloon was launched in 1979 as the company's flagship model to replace the outgoing W116 line. Beautifully styled by Bruno Sacco, the aim was to produce a car that was sleeker and more aerodynamic than the previous model. The application of lighter materials and alloys combined with thorough wind tunnel testing meant the car consumed about 10% less fuel than its predecessor. It was also packed with advanced safety features for the time, such as airbags, seatbelt pretensioners, traction control and ABS brakes. In 1981 an even more menacing two-door coupe version was launched with an all-alloy 5-litre V8 engine producing 265bhp and 300lb/ft of torque - sufficient to whisk the car to a rock steady 155mph. Rated as one of the best and safest cars in the world, its natural environment was the outside lane of the German autobahn where its immense performance and utter stability at speed won it many devoted fans. Subtly improved over time, it remained in production until 1991 when it was replaced by the much frumpier W140 Series. Looking particularly moody in Black with a Mushroom leather interior, this particular 500SEC was first registered in September 1985 and has had just four owners from new, the current vendor acquiring it about 10 years ago. Always meticulously maintained, it has covered 114,300 miles from new with no fewer than 20 service stamps to date, all at Mercedes main agents or specialists. The last 10 services were all carried out by Mercedes-Benz Worcester, the last just over 9,000 miles ago. The vendor states that the car drives beautifully and has always proved totally reliable throughout his ownership. It has recently been fitted with four new tyres and also benefits from a stainless steel exhaust system. It comes with all its original handbooks and the original tool kit and wheel changing kit. Although the bodywork is now beginning to show a few signs of age here and there, this impeccably serviced car should give many more years of faithful service. With an MOT until the end of August and taxed until the end of November, it is just itching to be driven to the French Riviera and looks huge value at the modest guide price suggested today.

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Easters Court, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0DE
TypeCar
Lot Number011
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£1900
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1985
Condition rating
Registration numberC449 KNH
Mileage-
Chassis numberWDB1260442A183284
Engine number11796322085800
Engine capacity (cc)4974
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2